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Assam and Mizoram Agree to Settle Border Dispute, Stress on Coordination to Avert Standoff in Future

The assembly held in Kanhmun village in Mizoram. (Image: Google Maps)

The two states dedicated to settle the border dispute at a district stage assembly held in view of the current battle, triggered by the torching of a farmhouse in an space claimed by each, he stated.

  • PTI Aizawl
  • Last Updated: October 15, 2020, 12:21 AM IST
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Assam and Mizoram on Wednesday agreed to settle the border dispute and pressured on coordination to avert any future standoff, an official stated. The two states dedicated to settle the border dispute at a district-level assembly held in view of the current battle, triggered by the torching of a farmhouse in an space claimed by each, he stated.

The assembly held in Kanhmun village was attended by Mizoram’s Mamit district deputy commissioner Lalrozama, Assam’s Karimganj district deputy commissioner Anbamuthan MP, police officers, forest officers and different officers of the 2 states. Representatives of each Mizoram and Assam agreed to place the boundary situation earlier than the upper authorities of their respective state governments so as to resolve the dispute on the earliest, the official stated.

It was additionally determined that police outposts will probably be arrange by each the states within the disputed space the place the border standoff came about just lately, the official stated. Efforts to strengthen inter-state coordination so as to keep away from any standoff sooner or later can even be made, the official stated.

Terming the current incident close to Thinghlun village “unfortunate”, Lalrozama stated it might jeopardise the relation between the 2 states. He requested the Karimganj deputy commissioner to nab these concerned within the torching of farmhouse and destruction of plantations, and take disciplinary motion in opposition to them.

The deputy commissioner additionally advised Assam officers that Thinghlun village has been occupied by the Mizos, who’re concerned in cultivation within the neighborhood, from time immemorial. Anbamuthan MP advised Mizoram officers that the world falls beneath the jurisdiction of the Singla Forest Reserve within the Karimganj district, and requested them to respect their authority.

The decades-old border dispute between the 2 states resurfaced on October 9 when officers of Karimganj district, forest division and Assam police allegedly set hearth to a farmhouse owned by John Zolawma of Thinghlun village. Mizoram officers alleged that many plantations, together with over 1,000 betel nut vegetation, have been destroyed by Assam officers.

Mizoram and Assam share a 164.6 km border. Several dialogues held since 1995 to resolve the dispute have yielded little outcomes.

Meanwhile, Mizoram’s apex pupil physique, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), on Wednesday organised a mass neighborhood work and reconstructed the farmhouse owned by John Zolawma, which was allegedly torched.

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